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This Eid, we de­cided to stay home and play hosts to our rel­a­tives who will be drop­ping in to visit us. On the cards is also a trip to Fu­jairah beach; my aunt is vis­it­ing the UAE for the first time and we plan to take her sight­see­ing. A trip to Abu Dhabi and shop­ping at Ma­rina mall is also on the cards. Faizan Ud­din

It’s the norm to visit friends and well-wish­ers on Eid. But ir­re­spec­tive of the oc­ca­sion, we al­ways visit ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers and well wish­ers show­ing our strong sup­port to them es­pe­cially dur­ing try­ing times. My fam­ily also be­lieves in spend­ing Eid with less priv­i­leged peo­ple and elderly peo­ple. There is a cer­tain sense of ful­fil­ment when you spend a day in­ter­act­ing with them jovially, mak­ing them feel good about life and let­ting them know that we are al­ways there for them. We ac­tu­ally try to do these not only dur­ing fes­tive oc­ca­sions but as of­ten as we can dur­ing the rest of the year as well. Umang Shah

This Eid was in­deed very valu­able for us. We got the golden op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a talk show where Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Shilpa Shetty and nu­tri­tion­ist Luke Coutinho spoke about the sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing fit and healthy. Lack of im­por­tance and grat­i­tude given to the food we eat is ap­par­ently one of the rea­sons for an in­crease in the num­ber of ill­nesses af­fect­ing peo­ple these days. Ac­cord­ing to Luke, an hour of heavy work­out in gym and spend­ing the rest of the day in idle­ness and in­do­lence give us no ben­e­fit and in fact nul­li­fies the ef­fect of the work­out. He sug­gests the per­son be ac­tive and en­er­getic through­out the day. Emo­tional health is of para­mount im­por­tance. Luke hav­ing ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence about tend­ing to can­cer pa­tients iden­ti­fied that the root cause of can­cer is emo­tional stress. The speak­ers also elu­ci­dated upon the harm­ful im­pacts of con­sum­ing white su­gar and white bread as they are pro­cessed and con­tain a lot of re­fined car­bo­hy­drates which are harm­ful to the body. Peo­ple must give more im­por­tance to be­ing fit and healthy rather than on los­ing weight. Shivani Chel­liah

I love hol­i­days par­tic­u­larly be­cause al­most every­body is free at this time. I’m look­ing for­ward to this hol­i­day be­cause I am go­ing to be in Abu Dhabi for an overnight stay­ca­tion. Most im­por­tantly, I’m go­ing with my friends and we plan to party un­til 5am! Reeti Ram­chan­dani

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